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Robin nests in Liverpool Cathedral Christmas tree

Robin in Liverpool Cathedral Image copyright Liverpool Cathedral
Image caption Cathedral staff believe the bird is "nesting or at least sleeping in the tree"

A robin has "delighted" a cathedral's congregation by taking up residence in its Christmas tree.

Liverpool Cathedral staff noticed the bird shortly after the tree was installed. It is believed to have got into the branches while the tree was stored outside the building.

A spokesman said the bird was "nesting or at least sleeping in the tree" and had taken a few people "by surprise".

He added that the robin had become "a welcome addition to services".

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Image caption The robin redbreast can be difficult to spot against the cathedral's sandstone pillars
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Image caption Cathedral staff are discussing how to deal with the robin once Christmas is over

Director of communications Stuart Haynes said there may also be a second bird but that was "not certain".

Robins and their nests are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, but only pair up for the duration of the breeding season.

According to the RSPB, robins can start courtship in January but the breeding season normally begins in March.

Mr Haynes said staff "will be talking about how we manage the situation when the tree needs to be taken out".

"It may be tricky but we will want to make sure it's looked after," he said.

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Image caption It is believed the bird got into the tree while it was being stored outside ahead of installation
Image caption Cathedral staff believe there may be two birds, but have yet to get a picture of the pair

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